Young people across Orkney will tomorrow (Tuesday 8 August) receive their SQA results. If your results are not what you expected, don’t panic you still have options – and there will be experts on hand to help you navigate the next part of your journey.
From 8am on Tuesday 8 August, a dedicated Results Helpline from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will run with Careers Advisers waiting to answer calls and offer advice, information and support to young people and their parents or carers.
You can call the helpline on 0808 100 8000. It will be open from 8am-8pm on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 August, then open on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August between 9am-5pm.
If you would rather speak to someone familiar, Careers Advisers from the local SDS team in Kirkwall are hosting a drop-in session at The Hub, providing exam results support to anyone who needs it.
You can come past The Hub, 2 Albert Street, Kirkwall, between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday 8 August and speak to a Careers Adviser. You can also get in touch with the local team by calling (01856) 872 460 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be support available to pupils in schools for those looking to recourse, or who have questions about career pathways.
Kirkwall Grammar School will be open 9am-1pm on Tuesday 8 August with Mr Ewing, Mr Firth and Mr Nisbet available to speak to pupils. Mr Ewing will also be available in the school on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 August, 9am-1pm.
Stromness Academy will also be open 9am-1pm on Tuesday 8 August with Mr Barber, Mrs Johansen and Miss Murray all on hand to support pupils. Mr Barber will also be available in the school on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 August, 9am-1pm. For pupils who would like to discuss change of courses, guidance staff will also be available on Monday 21 August. To book an appointment to speak to your Guidance Teacher, contact the school office on (01856) 850 660 from Tuesday 8 August onwards.
You can find further advice on My World of Work.